What's New for Disney World in 2007
by Ryan Wiseman
A magical lineup of new attractions, live entertainment and special events will make their debut at Walt Disney World Resort as part of Disney's "Year of a Million Dreams" celebration, which lasts until December 31, 2007. To top it all off, Disney cast members will award "a million dreams" to guests selected through a random process daily during the "Disney Dreams Giveaway."
New "Year of a Million Dreams" attractions at Disney World include Finding Nemo - The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom and The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot. Based on Disney's animated classic, the Broadway-style Finding Nemo - The Musical boasts music, dance, acrobatics, puppetry and incredible animated backdrops. Finding Nemo - The Musical takes place at the state-of-the-art Theater in the Wild. The Sea with Nemo & Friends allows you to ride aboard a "clamobile" and revisit all of your favorite Finding Nemo characters, including Nemo, Dory, Marlin and Crush. The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion (formerly The Living Seas Pavilion) boasts a 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium.
Other special events and attractions that will take place at Disney World during the "Year of a Million Dreams" include Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial (Adventureland), The Happily Ever After Party (Cinderella Castle), Woody's Cowboy Camp (Frontierland), High School Musical Pep Rally (Tomorrowland), the Dream Along With Mickey stage show (Cinderella Castle), Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club (Tomorrowland) and Main Street Family Fun Day Parade (Main Street, U.S.A.).
In addition to the "Year of a Million Dreams," Disney will introduce a new after-hours event for 2007, Disney's Pirate & Princess Party, which enables children to dress up as their favorite princess or pirate and seek out royal beads and chocolate doubloons, explore pirate coves and take part in princess courts, as well as enjoy a variety of great activities throughout Disney's Magic Kingdom such as Disney's Enchanted Adventures Parade and the "Magic, Music and Mayhem" fireworks display.
Disney's Pirate & Princess Party runs during select days during January, February and March from 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM. Advance ticket prices are $36.95 plus tax for ages 10 and over and $29.95 plus tax for ages 3 through 9.
Visitors to Downtown Disney will also notice some new changes and a few construction projects underway for 2007. One popular addition to Pleasure Island is Raglan Road, a lively Irish pub that features authentic Irish cuisine and four bars, as well as live Irish music and dance. Within The World of Disney Store at Downtown Disney Marketplace lies the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a "magical salon" that offers princess makeovers by "Fairy Godmothers-in-Training." Finally, construction is scheduled to begin in late 2007 on the T-Rex Café, "A Prehistoric Family Adventure" that boasts life-size dinosaurs, waterfalls, geysers, a fossil dig site and much more. The T-Rex Café will be located next to the McDonald's in Downtown Disney Marketplace.
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About the Author
Ryan Wiseman is a travel writer based in Orlando, Florida.